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  Okanagan-Columbia - Certification Initiatives

Certification of forestry activities is considered as a best practice in forest and sustainable resource management, and an important tool for market access. Domestic and international market interest in buying wood products from certified forests has increased steadily and many forest companies in the province have received third-party registration of their forest management programs. While forestry certification is voluntary, it is supported by the provincial government and complements the Forest and Range Practices Act.

BCTS has achieved third-party forestry certification for its forestry operations in all Business Areas. This achievement has required significant collaboration with licensees, contractors and permittees.

An Environmental Management System is the standard that forestry organizations must achieve and adhere to in order to be recognized as a certified forestry operator under ISO 14001, which is the standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization. An EMS allows an organization to arrange and focus its management activities into an integrated, functioning system built on ISO 14001 requirements, including the monitoring and management of environmental impacts and risks within administrative, planning, and operational activities.

The Okanagan-Columbia Business Area has achieved certification in its operating areas through the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Details about various procedures, checklists, training modules and other aspects of an EMS are available from the following link.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certification under standards such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z809 and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), address the ecological, economic and social aspects of SFM. Sustainable Forest Management Plans (SFMPs) integrate performance criteria that direct forest management practices over defined forest areas.

The Okanagan-Columbia Business Area is implementing Sustainable Forest Management Plans (SFMPs) and pursuing certification within our Okanagan Shuswap and Columbia Forest District operating areas. Our SFMPs and our EMS are integral parts of Sustainable Forest Management registration. Details about our SFM programs are available from the following link.

If you have any question about BC Timber Sales Certification, have an environmental concern, or have found an activity that you feel is an environmental concern, please click on the following link to complete and send the Certification Public Comment Form.

Further information on Certifications can be found on the Certification Home Page at https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/het/certification/index.htm

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